BBC DJ Mike Sweeney bitten by dog in pub – but owners blamed HIM for ‘walking past it’

BBC Radio Manchester DJ Mike Sweeney was left stunned when he got bitten by a dog at a pub – and was then BLAMED by the pet’s owners for walking past it.

Salford music legend Mike was walking to the bar inside the pub in Saddleworth with wife Viv when a terrier type dog bit him on the leg – breaking the skin and leaving teeth marks.

But Mike says the dog owner said it must have been his fault as the pet “had never done that before”.

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Mike says the man also blamed the red t-shirt he was wearing in the pub for “looking like a post man”.

The DJ was further fuming when he got home after the incident and discovered that being bitten by a dog is a crime that can be reported to police – as he says HE was made to feel like the guilty one by the dog’s owners.

Mike, who hosts BBC Radio Manchester ‘s mid-morning show, took to social media to vent his frustrations after the incident inside the pub in Oldham at the weekend.

The Salford Jets rocker, 73, wrote on his Facebook page: “Don’t normally post stuff like this on social media… However, got bitten by a dog in a pub at the weekend and I’ve only just found out that actually it’s a crime!

Mike hosts the BBC Radio Manchester mid-morning show
(Image: Mike Sweeney)

“I love dogs and most dog owners but the attitude from the two of them in charge (not) of this irascible little animal was really shocking… “It’s not bitten you” (it had!), “it’s never done that before”, “it’s your fault for walking past it”.

“Although the woman was quite apologetic the man wasn’t – I felt that they thought I shouldn’t be near their dog and what had happened was an inconvenience that had spoilt their day.”

The MEN spoke to Mike, who says he has been left with a dog bite wound on his leg after the incident.

Explaining in more detail what happened, he said: “Apart from walking in the pub I’ve done nothing wrong here.

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“I went to the bar, I walked past the dog and it bit me. I said to the guy “your dog has just bit me” and he actually said ‘no he’s not, nah he doesn’t bite’.

“I put my leg on his knee and showed him the two holes and blood down my leg and said “I should know, it’s my leg” and he said “oh he has bit you, he’s never done that before.”

“I didn’t really want to cause a scene and maybe I was taken aback a bit as the last time a dog bit me I was about ten.

“The woman with them was saying “I’m really sorry” – but adding that I must have done wrong, I must have come too close – but I was in a pub! I should be able to walk where I want.”

Mike and wife Viv
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Mike and Viv immediately left the pub afterwards so that Mike could tend to the wound at home with antiseptic wipes.

He said: “I’m just hoping it doesn’t get infected as I’m going on holiday soon. But I’ve potentially got a dog bite scar on my leg forever.”

Mike says that since putting the post on social media it “exploded” with comments from people shocked at what had happened.

He said: “As soon as I put this on social media I’ve had about 100 comments and not had one person who says you shouldn’t walk past a dog in a pub.

“I was not walking through a kennels, it was inside the pub.

BBC DJ and Salford music legend Mike Sweeney
(Image: UGC MEN)

“I could tell from their reaction I was the inconvenience, to have the temerity to be bitten by their dog.”

Mike says he’s reflecting on what to do next having been advised to report it to police.

He said: “I only found out yesterday from a friend that it’s now a crime, I thought it was a civil matter, but you are advised to report it on 101 so that the owners can be contacted to say ‘look your dog has bitten someone you maybe need to review how you deal with that and what control or not you have over the animal’.”

“I’m having a think about what to do next.

“Every pub I go to locally in Oldham they are dog friendly, and every other time I’ve been out dogs are well behaved in the pub.

“But if that would have been a three year old kid, that child could have been in hospital from a bite like that.”

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